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“Walt was wise beyond his years and very patient when asked for knowledge. He will be missed. ”
1 of 18 | Posted by: Nikki King - Fort Worth, TX

“Walt was a well respected man by his counterparts at NAVAIR. I had some opportunity to work with him and was impressed by his depth of knowledge and...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Kurt Prescher - Lexington Park, MD

“I first met Walt 21 years ago in Fort Worth whilst working for the UKCAA. Since then I always knew I could call him if I needed an opinion or some...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Alastair Healey - Cologne

“I am surprised and saddened at Walt's passing. Thinking of all those years that we worked together at Bell Helicopter bring back fond memories. Gone...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Horace Hanson - Fort Worth, TX

“I worked closely with Walt for 33 years. He was a true friend and one of the sharpist engineers I've ever known. ”
5 of 18 | Posted by: Steve Killion - Sanger, TX

“He was a role model. He was a mentor. He was a friend. I will be forever in debt to him for the nine short years since he gave me the opportunity...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Russell Mueller - Dallas, TX

“Walt was a superior engineer, a wonderful man and a great friend. No one knew more about drive system at Bell than him. And no one was more patient...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Jim and Kelly McCollough - TX

“We've known and worked with Walt for many years. His wit and humor was a pleasure to be around and his abilities highly respected. He will be...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Allen and Leigh Altman - Keller, TX

“Walt was my go-to guy at Bell Helicopter for drive system issues that might arise during accident investigations. He always made time to talk and...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Mark Stuntzner - Grand Prairie, TX

“I enjoyed working with Walt during my time at Bell Helicopter. Walt was a very intelligent engineer and a recognized expert in his discipline. He...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Werner Idler - Arlington, TX

“Walt - an excellent analytical engineer, the go-to guy for helicopter drive system issues, he was always eager to offer his technical counsel on...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Jim Miller - Mt. Dora, FL

“Walt had it a wealth of technical and practical knowledge about helicopter drive systems. He also had the capability to work with others to make the...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Stephen Schmidt - Arlington, TX

“Walt was one of the "nice guys". Always helpful, considerate and VERY smart. He was willing to share his knowledge and teach others, a rare quality...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Dudley Smith - Arlington, TX

“Working with highly capable persons like Walt is one of the most rewarding experience that an engineer can have. He will be sorely missed by all the...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Andrea - Milan, Italy

“I met Walt in Italy many years ago and I'm very sorry of his death. Sincere condolences. Giuseppe ”
15 of 18 | Posted by: Giuseppe De Dionigi

“I worked with Walter at Bell Helicopter and was always in awe of his tremendous knowledge and experience. He was one of the best in the world at...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: Nick Lappos

“Walt was a career long mentor to me and had an amazing knowledge or helicopters! He was very well respected by all everywhere. My heart is heavy. We...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Charley - Fort Worth, TX

“I worked with Walt from the time he hired in at Bell until I retired in March 2010. I always considered him one of the smartest and best Engineers I...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Donald J. Ward - Arlington, TX


RILEY, WALTER WEST "WALT", 62, passed away September 16, 2013. He was born July 31, 1951, in Dallas, Texas. He attended W. T. White High School and received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from SMU in early 1974. Walt joined Bell Helicopter Textron in September 1974, working several helicopter and tilt rotor programs there, and had currently held the position of Technical Fellow for Drive Systems at Bell. He is preceded in death by his father, Melvin A. Riley, Jr., his mother, Vivian Walterine West Riley, and his brothers, Melvin A. Riley III and Michael Anthony Riley. He is survived by his sister, Pamela Ann Riley Moize Rittenberry, his cousins, Jere Forman and Carol Blassingame, 2 nieces, and 4 nephews. A memorial service will be held at Restland on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. at the Memorial Chapel (West Entrance) with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Walter Riley's name to the American Red Cross.